Greenway Arts Alliance, a bridge non-profit for Fairfax High School that produces excellent and award-winning professional theatrical productions and provides unparalleled arts education opportunities for students, seeks to add a salaried Technical Director. Technical Director candidate should have production management and facilities management experience.
The Technical Director will be responsible for Fairfax High School’s 1400-seat performing arts auditorium, as well as the 99-seat Greenway Court Theatre and a smaller black box space. These are multi-use spaces, therefore the ability to proactively plan, schedule and prioritize quick turn-arounds are vital. (Currently, he/she will be responsible for all the scheduling only at the 99-seat Greenway Court Theatre but will oversee technical aspects of all three spaces) This position has the potential to grow, with more responsibilities and a salary increase in the future.
The Technical Director must have carpentry and set building skills, theatre and special event experience, with in depth knowledge of theatrical rigging, lighting and audio visual systems to supervise technical aspects of productions and events; while supervising technicians and crew.
Ideal candidate should be able (and excited) to train Fairfax High School students on the equipment as part of a theatre production class and build a crew of students. The Technical Director should have excellent supervisory and people skills, an experience working with a variety of personalities; strong computer skills; be able to handle multi-task type situations; have the ability to respond confidently and promptly to stressful situations. Must have experience with touring houses or quick turn-over venues. Weekends and/or evening often required. Must be dependable and focused. Where schedule allows the ability to take additional work exists if Technical Director demonstrates and excellent sense of professional time management and preparation. Bilingual strongly preferred.
The Greenway Arts Alliance puts a premium on having a positive work environment and would expect a candidate to bring the same positive energy to the team. The Greenway Court Theatre is often seen as a “home” for artists who work with the company, and the Technical Director should share in that sensibility.
Position: Technical Director
Reports to: Artistic Directors & Producing Director
Wage/Hours Status: $33.500, Part-Time; Exempt Status
GENERAL DUTIES & FUNCTIONS
* Assist and work directly with Greenway Artistic Directors, Greenway Producing Director, Fairfax High School Administration in the implementation of his/her duties and the operation of the 1400 seat performing arts complex and 3 facilities (Greenway Court Theatre, Black Box and rehearsal space)
* Supervise tech crew and staff, while overseeing all technical procedures during theatrical performances and special events
* Manage all audio-visual equipment, electrical and lighting instruments, staging hardware and theatre related gear, and the technical functions of the Fairfax High School auditorium and other presentation facilities
* Work directly with Greenway Artistic Directors and Producing Director or liaisons on the production and creation of each set; including carpentry, painting, construction and design (Lights/Set/Sound)
* Work directly with the Greenway Producing Director and Fairfax Assistant Principal as it pertains to the budgetary and scheduling aspects of the technical portion of the all productions and events, including labor and supplies
* Serve as Building Supervisor after normal hours of operation, or during assigned productions and rental events and work with the guidelines set forth by the Fairfax Plant Manager
* Events include but are not limited to: Community/Fairfax High/Greenway concerts, special events, fundraisers, plays, dance performances, rehearsals and any other departments that may use the theatre or theatre equipment
* Consult with other Greenway/Fairfax departments that may need advice regarding sound or lighting for an event
* Attend all required meetings and fill in for production personnel as needed during vacations or time away from the facility
* Keep theatre and connected areas, supplies and equipment neat and orderly.
* Excellent Self, Project, and Staffing time management skills
* Ability and knowledge base to handle multiple, simultaneous tasks in stressful situations
* Excellent people skills
* Demonstrated excellence in organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills
* Ability to respond confidently, calmly and promptly to stressful situations
* Ability to plan, organize, and manage work of Theatre crew, vendors, contractors and rental clients
* Ability to work with and instruct volunteers and high school students
* Ability to prioritize and schedule tasks.
* Ability to think proactively to anticipate problems and find workable solutions.
* Bachelor’s degree Theatre Arts Production, Technical Direction or Production Management
* Must have driver’s license and be able to drive a box truck
* 3+ years of professional event or theatrical technical direction and/or production management
* Extensive working knowledge of technical theatre, including sound, lighting, video, safety and security procedures.
* Some experience in facilities management.
* Proficient working knowledge of current versions of Word, Excel, aptitude in AutoCAD and Vectorworks
* Master’s degree in above qualifications
* 5+ years of required experience listed above
* Bi-Lingual (Spanish)
* Familiarity with the Los Angeles theatre community
* Experience working in/with and educational institution
* Familiarity with the LAUSD
* High proficiency in drafting facility, event and venue layouts using VectorWorks or AutoCAD
SCHEDULE OF WORK HOURS
* Exempt status: Part time hours per/week as necessary to fulfill job requirements. Comp time must be pre-arranged with the Greenway Artistic Directors
* Schedule varies due to operational needs and productions. Numerous evenings and weekends required
Please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Author: ENCI is an actor and recently turned writer and director. She is an urban cyclist, passionate about living intentionally, about leaving less behind and about living healthy. Enci is a member of SAG and AFTRA and is on the board of the 501(c)4 Bikeside and is co-founder of the Bike Writers Collective. Enci teaches all over town about web etiquettes and social media and is involved with the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council where she serves on the Arts & Culture Committee. Enci is passionate about leaning new things and currently she is studying ASL. You can visit her at http://EnciPerforms.com or read about her adventures at http://illuminateLA.com